Tuesday, 11th November 2014
- Confirmation from the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, that Jack Lynch Tunnel will not be tolled.
The Minister for Transport has informed me that there will be no toll on the Jack Lynch Tunnel. This is consistent with the policy decision taken by the previous Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, that there would be no further tolling points introduced during the term of this Government.
When this Government came to office it made a serious commitment to the road network and transport infrastructure around Cork. At a time when there was limited funding available for road projects this Government decided to go ahead with the Bandon Road and Sarsfield Road flyovers. This has improved the road network around the city and was done without the need for additional tolls. There has been no policy change since then and no toll is planned for the Jack Lynch Tunnel.
Speculation and scaremongering by Fianna Fáil Councillors on Cork City Council about tolling is completely without foundation. The only basis for their claim is attention seeking, it has no basis in fact. Government policy has been made clear by Ministers and it has not changed, under this Government there will be no tolling of the Jack Lynch Tunnel.